CALL FOR PAPERS
Dialogues across Boundaries: Debating Local Cosmopolitanisms
AN INTER-DISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT
The University of Southampton, 21-22 November 2009
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF CREATIVE WRITERS
Brian Chikwava and Deon Meyer
Historically, meanings attached to the notion of cosmopolitanism have often placed it in an opposition to the local; moreover, the term itself bears a legacy of complicity with various forms of imperialism and global violence. This two-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to make a contribution towards repositioning ‘cosmopolitanism’ as a de-colonial term (in line with the broad intellectual project of ‘provincialising Europe’), and to help interrogate those of its postcolonial usages that would equate it with un-localised ‘hybridity’ brought on by globalisation.
To that end, the conference aims to underscore the local embeddednes of texts and practices that would speak to difference and to experiences of the universal – and, conversely, to examine the local aspects, impacts and implications of transnational institutions and constructs (such as, for example, the postcolonial, comparative or ‘world’ literary canons). Contributions from across disciplines are invited to trace and problematise instances of local cosmopolitan practice that could include (but need not be limited to) textualities and genres, institutions, rituals, modes of subjectivity and action, bodies, music, arts and architecture. Panels organised around named geographical spaces or types of location (cities, countrysides, deserts, oceans, islands, types of landscape etc) are welcome. Please send 200-word paper proposals or 500-word panel proposals to Ranka Primorac (R.Primorac@soton.ac.uk) by 1 October 2009.
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